The industry’s most secure SoC FPGAs are amongst the hottest technologies protecting IoT

Microsemi, a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, has announced its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs were recognised among the Hot 100 Products of 2014 by EDN. Among the many thousands of products announced during the past year industry wide, Microsemi’s ultra-secure SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs advanced security features caught the attention of EDN’s editors, who named them to their list of  the hottest technology trends in the Programmable Logic product category. 

The new data security features are part of Microsemi’s mainstream SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs. According to the Aberdeen Group, by the year 2020 approximately 50 billion machines will be connected. In the emerging era of connected devices, these machines need not only to be secure, but they need to be secure at the device, design and system levels. For example, even a machine or system that meets Advance Encryption Standard (AES) could be vulnerable to side channel attacks. Microsemi’s differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasure solution increases overall system security by protecting the keys that are stored in the system, protecting it against such attacks.

“Even at a time when security is constantly in the public eye, most of the FPGAs being used to develop mainstream applications for connected devices do not necessarily offer the level of security needed to protect data and valuable application IP,” said Bruce Weyer, vice president and business unit manager, SoC Products Group at Microsemi. “Microsemi’s new FPGA security features provide that added layer of protection crucial for these new industrial and commercial solutions.”

“Providing our customers with security solutions at the device, design and system levels is one of the key reasons Microsemi has the most secure SoC FPGAs available,” Weyer said. “We are excited our approach is recognized by EDN as an important aspect of securing many of the new applications and solutions in the IoT.”

Microsemi’s newest generation of SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and IGLOO2 FPGA programmable devices are the industry’s most secure, with three key elements covering secure hardware, design security and data security. Built through a secure supply chain management system, Microsemi data security devices feature:

•       Licensed, patent-protected DPA resistance from Cryptography Research, Inc.

•       Active tamper detectors including an active mesh

•       Secure flash key storage

•       Unique key generation through Intrinsic ID’s Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) Quiddikey-Flex

•       Full NIST-certified crypto accelerators

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